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Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, a leader of the right-wing extremist Proud Boys group, pleaded guilty Monday to burning a Black Lives Matter banner stolen from a historic Black church in Washington, D.C., during a pro-Trump demonstration, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: Tarrio, 37, admitted to committing destruction of property and attempting to possess a high-capacity ammunition magazine. Under a deal with prosecutors, the latter charge was reduced from illegal possession of such magazines.

  • Appearing via video, Tarrio told the judge that he didn't know the banner had been stolen from Ashbury United Methodist Church, but showed no remorse about joining other Proud Boy members in setting it on fire, per the Post.

Catch up quick: Far-right groups marched through Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12 to protest President Biden's election win. They vandalized four D.C. churches that night, according to police.

  • Tarrio was arrested as he returned to D.C. on Jan. 4, two days before the Capitol insurrection, which several Proud Boys members have been linked to, according to law enforcement.
  • Police found two high-capacity ammunition magazines, which are compatible with AR-15 and M4 assault rifles, with Proud Boys symbols on them.
  • Tarrio, who has denied involvement in planning the insurrection, told police he had planned to deliver the magazines to a buyer who was in D.C. for the Jan. 6 pro-Trump rally, according to the Post.
  • Tarrio's sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 23. The two offenses he pleaded guilty to are each punishable by up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine, the Post reported.

Worth noting: "[N]othing in the agreement is intended to prevent the government from bringing different or additional charges" against Tarrio in the future "based on his conduct on January 6th, 2021, or any other time," assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Courtney said in court Monday, per the Post.

Go deeper: Over 535 charged over Capitol riot as FBI hunts more suspects 6 months later

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Smaller than expected "Justice for J6" rally met with large police presence

Police officers watch as demonstrators gather for the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2021. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

The latest: Four people were arrested at the rally, including one person with a gun, one with a knife and two with outstanding warrants, per the U.S. Capitol Police.

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State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Chargés d'Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and non-essential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory published Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten embassy's ability to assist Americans.

Perfect storm brewing for extreme politicians

Data: Axios research; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Redistricting and a flood of departing incumbents are paving the way for more extreme candidates in this year's midterm elections.

Driving the news: At least 19 House districts in 12 states are primed to attract such candidates — hard partisans running in strongly partisan districts — according to an Axios analysis of districts as measured by the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI).